The Board of Governors caved and, albeit reluctantly, said that though the repeal wasn't ideal, it would still allow the state to be considered to host postseason events because it "meets the minimal NCAA requirements" and because of "the quality of championships hosted by the people of North Carolina in years before HB2".
The sports association had pulled the national championships from the state past year, after North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the notorious bathroom bill.
"The Board of Governors will determine whether or not this bill that was recently passed today was a sufficient change in the law for the board to feel comfortable going back to North Carolina", Emmert said, something he expected to happen early next week. "After drawing a line in the sand and calling for repeal of HB2, the NCAA simply let North Carolina lawmakers off the hook".
"If we find that our expectations of a discrimination-free environment are not met, we will not hesitate to take necessary action at any time", the board of governors clarified in their statement.
NCAA said it would now require all sites awarded championships to submit additional documentation outlining how student athletes and fans would be protected from discrimination.
While the quantifiable economic impact on North Carolina has been small - amounting to about 0.7 percent of the state's GDP, according to a recent Associated Press analysis - Rishe said that adopting bathroom legislation "would be shortsighted and self-fleecing from an economic perspective".
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In March, the sanctioning body stated that North Carolina legislators would need to repeal HB2 or the state would again lose hosting rights in future tournaments.
The group charged with organizing college basketball championships nationally pulled seven tournament events from the Tar Heel state last summer, citing the 2016 law known as HB2 that banned people from using bathrooms that didn't match the sex indicated on their birth certificates.
Cooper said without the compromise, HB2 would have remained in place. "While more work remains to be done, it's good news that the NCAA will be returning to North Carolina".
The original bill also invalidated any local ordinances protecting gay or transgender people from discrimination in the workplace or in public accommodations.
While all indications are the NCAA and ACC looked favorably upon the compromise, neither NCAA President Mark Emmert nor ACC Commissioner John Swofford was willing to come out and say that Thursday. But last week, the new governor signed a repeal of that law. The NCAA will announce the championship event decisions and details later this month.
And yesterday, the last Kennedy in Congress, Representative Joseph Kennedy III, urged the NCAA to maintain its position on banning North Carolina.